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Sun Feb 06, 2022 9:52 am
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As the topic states, I am looking for ideas to make an ostomate's life easier. It can be anything you have a problem with or an idea for something that you wish was already made. 

For example, I use a protective skin barrier from Coloplast. I get them from a local company in Massachusetts and they offer to cut the stoma hole to any size needed. The problem I have is that whomever is cutting these isn't even close to cutting them on center. So, I designed and 3D printer a fixture that allows me to cut these on center every time.See attached image. I am working on some other items to make daily and social life easier. If you have any ideas, please let me know and I may be able to help. If anyone has a need for one of these, let me know and it will just cost you shipping. I am not looking to make money, just to make lives easier.


Sun Feb 06, 2022 9:58 am

Thanks for posting this! 

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Sun Feb 06, 2022 10:18 am

Maybe I'm not understanding what you're exactly cutting here. Are you cutting the part that your bag attaches to or is attached depending on whether you use a 1 or 2 piece system? Or, are you cutting an added barrier ring?

Sun Feb 06, 2022 10:21 am


AlexT wrote:

Maybe I'm not understanding what you're exactly cutting here. Are you cutting the part that your bag attaches to or is attached depending on whether you use a 1 or 2 piece system? Or, are you cutti...

I use a barrier that goes between the wafer and my skin. The Coloplast number is 032105, for reference. The barriers are just 4" square with no hole in the middle, the customer cuts the hole to fit their stoma size.

Sun Feb 06, 2022 10:26 am


Elzie wrote:

I use a barrier that goes between the wafer and my skin. The Coloplast number is 032105, for reference. The barriers are just 4" square with no hole in the middle, the customer cuts the hole to fit...

Ok, I get it now. I've never seen those. I thought you were cutting barrier rings and thus losing material that could help protect your skin instead of just stretching the ring out and keeping all available material to use. Thanks for clarifying 

Sun Feb 06, 2022 11:28 am

Thank you . I can’t think of anything just this moment,however anything that helps to improve our quality of life is much appreciated. 

Sun Feb 06, 2022 11:34 pm

Ostomy supplies are very expensive as we all know..in the past when I did not have insurance or needed extra supplies  I ordered from shopostomysupplies.com their prices are reasonable.. The best price was on the ostomy deodorant it works just as well as M9 but only cost $6.55 for a 8oz bottle. Genairex 10800 made by Securi-T...

Mon Feb 07, 2022 5:24 pm

I buy all of my supplies on E bay. I have insurance but my deductible is very high ($2500). So, this is a way that I don't have to go through insurance. I will have to check the shopostomysupplies.com to see if there prices are comparable. 
Thanks for starting a thread like this. 

Fri Feb 11, 2022 10:37 pm

Wow.  I never thought of a 3D printer.  If my SO didn't cut them for Mr, I'd get one in a minute.  Kudos to you.

Sat Feb 12, 2022 7:39 am


Fred383 wrote:

Wow.  I never thought of a 3D printer.  If my SO didn't cut them for Mr, I'd get one in a minute.  Kudos to you.

Fred, I'm open to designing and making products for people for any need. Not looking to make money, just make lives easier. One of the people I helped was a handicapped gentleman I worked with. He said the one of the things he missed most was fishing. I modified his fishing reel and a pair of gloves to allow him to fish again. It made me very happy to see him happy!

If you, or anyone else, have any requaests just let me know. I am currently working on a few things that would make my life easier and will definitely help others.

Paul

Sat Feb 12, 2022 10:13 pm


Elzie wrote:

I use a barrier that goes between the wafer and my skin. The Coloplast number is 032105, for reference. The barriers are just 4" square with no hole in the middle, the customer cuts the hole to fit...

Because the wafers are expensive and I don't need total coverage, I just cut a piece the size of my red area and place it there.  Works for me.

Thu Mar 03, 2022 10:55 am


Elzie wrote:

Fred, I'm open to designing and making products for people for any need. Not looking to make money, just make lives easier. One of the people I helped was a handicapped gentleman I worked with. He ...

I would love to get something like this to use rather than the paper template I keep losing. I've also seen and can't remember where but it was a solid metal circular cutting ring, just put on the pouch or wafer and press down and presto perfect sized hole and not arts and crafts with the scissors. 
I'll be sending you a message to see what we can come up with.

Plus you have an awesome name!

Paul

aka

Abe 

Thu Mar 03, 2022 5:12 pm

Sure thing, Abe (if that's really your name... ;) J/K! If I can help I will :) 

Thu Mar 03, 2022 8:08 pm


Elzie wrote:

Sure thing, Abe (if that's really your name... ;) J/K! If I can help I will :) 

My name is not Abe. It's Paul

Thu Mar 03, 2022 8:39 pm

https://www.grainger.com/product/MAYHEW-PRO-Hollow-Punch-24D606?opr=APPD&analytics=altItems_24D605

could a plate be made to attach to this? It's half the price of the Nu-Hope version

Fri Mar 04, 2022 4:12 am


Abefroman1969 wrote:

https://www.grainger.com/product/MAYHEW-PRO-Hollow-Punch-24D606?opr=APPD&analytics=altItems_24D605

could a plate be made to attach to this? It's half the price of the Nu-Hope version

Yes, I could make a plate for that. However, I would suggest I make a template and you could use an Exacto knife to cut the circle out. It would be less stress on your arms and shoulders to cut with a knife rather than trying to push a punch through.

Fri Mar 04, 2022 8:27 am


Elzie wrote:

Yes, I could make a plate for that. However, I would suggest I make a template and you could use an Exacto knife to cut the circle out. It would be less stress on your arms and shoulders to cut wit...

I was thinking the same thing actually 

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